It’s 1929 and Jean is twenty. He lives in Paris, in rue Clairault, and works for a stock exhange company in the rue de la Grange Batelière. On the 11 th of December he meets Rose, at the Saint Lazare metro station. She is eighteen, lives in the 15th arrondissement and attends the National Hairdressing School. Three months later, on the 10 th of March 1930, Rose sets off for New Caledonia on the ocean liner, the ‘Ville de Verdun’.
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